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50 Songs About Needing Someone

Updated on August 13, 2017
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We all need love and affection.  If you have found that special someone, let them know how much you need them with a playlist of pop, rock, R&B, and country songs.
We all need love and affection. If you have found that special someone, let them know how much you need them with a playlist of pop, rock, R&B, and country songs. | Source

Everyone Needs Love

My great-grandmother used to say that there ain't a pot too crooked that there ain't a lid to fit it. There's someone for everyone.

If you've found that someone special you need in your life, then congratulations. May they make you a better person. Now, invest the time to express how much you care. They need to hear it.

A custom playlist can help you celebrate how much you need one another. Choose from our long list of pop, rock, R&B, and country songs below.

1. "I Need Your Love" by Calvin Harris (featuring Ellie Goulding)

When the world is falling apart, the narrator's sweetheart puts the pieces back together again and makes everything right. This 2012 pop song has an electrobeat and features a narrator whose relationship with her lover has frayed. She beckons for his love, time, and physical affection.

2. "Need You" by Travie McCoy

The man in this 2010 pop song was hurt by a previous lover. As a result, he needs understanding and trust before he can get close to the next romantic partner. Although he wants to give his new girlfriend the key to the lock-tight safe where he hides his fragile heart, he doesn't know how to open up to the woman whose love he needs.

3. "Baby I Need Your Loving" he Four Tops

This guy's lover left him, and now he's faced with empty nights and days filled with misery. The narrator in this 1964 R&B song begs for sweet mercy. He can't go on like this without his lady and needs her to return to him.

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4. "All I Ever Need" by Austin Mahone

The narrator in this R&B song from 2014 provides loving reassurances to his partner that he'll always be right by her side. He says that she is a necessity, she is an angel and his "everything," and he desperately needs her in his life. That's a whole lot to live up to, do you think?

How Long Can You Live Without These Essential Needs?

Essential Need
Approximate Survival TIme Without It
Oxygen
After about 6 minutes, the brain begins to die.
Water
After about 3 days (although some people have survived 8-10 days)
Sleep
The immune system is negatively affected after only 1-2 days. After 2-3 days without sleep, hallucinations set in, then you can die after 11 days without sleep.
Food
About 3 weeks, although individual survival depend on one's size, hydration status, and activity level
Human Contact
Even after only a few hours, social atrophy begins when contact with others is imposed. Over periods of weeks, individuals experience chronic apathy, lethargy, depression and despair. They lose track of time, their sleep patterns are disrupted, and they may hallucinate. It is unknown how long they can survive.

5. (I Need You Now) More Than Words Can Say by Alias

It's 6 o'clock in the morning, and the guy in this 1990 pop song finds himself still thinking about the lover who has left him. He sleeps alone now and worries that it's too late for love. In a desperate attempt to reach out to her, he tries to let her know he needs her now more than ever.

"Life doesn't make any sense without interdependence. We need each other, and the sooner we learn that, the better for us all." - Dr. Erik Erikson, German-American psychologist
"Life doesn't make any sense without interdependence. We need each other, and the sooner we learn that, the better for us all." - Dr. Erik Erikson, German-American psychologist | Source

6. "All I Need Is A Miracle" by Mike + the Mechanics

This peppy 1985 rock song features a guy who didn't care enough about his partner when they were together. However, now that she has ditched him, he regrets intentionally hurting her and treating her like a child.

He confesses that he needs a miracle to get her back in his life and make it right:

If I ever catch up with you
I'm gonna love you for the rest of your life.
All I need is a miracle, all I need is you (all I need is a miracle) ... .

7. "Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum

Some people cringe with recognition when they hear this 2010 Grammy Award-winning song, and others just cringe. Too much whiskey and an abundance of memories of a broken relationship spell trouble for this drunk-dialing lady. (If she needs anything, but it's probably just to sleep off the whiskey.)

The photos and loneliness are fixin' to overwhelm her as she reaches out to her ex-lover (don't do it!):

It's a quarter after one, I'm a little drunk, and I need you now.
Said I wouldn't call, but I've lost all control, and I need you now.
And I don't know how I can do without.
I just need you now.

"Strong men -- men who are truly role models -- don't need to put down women to make themselves feel powerful. People who are truly strong life others up. People who are truly powerful bring others together." - Michelle Obama, former First Lady
"Strong men -- men who are truly role models -- don't need to put down women to make themselves feel powerful. People who are truly strong life others up. People who are truly powerful bring others together." - Michelle Obama, former First Lady | Source

8. Just When I Needed You Most" by Vanwarmer

Don't get me wrong. I love this mournful soft rock song from 1976 about a guy whose partner up and left him when he needed her. But I think I understand why she left; he does an awful lot of blaming and complaining. He's one of those people who is a bottomless pit of needs:

But I miss you more than I
Missed you before and now
Where I'll find comfort, God knows
'Cause you left me
Just when I needed you most.

9. "I Need You" by Tim McGraw (featuring Faith Hill)

When country singers Faith Hill and Tim McGraw met in 1996, she was his opening act. Hill was engaged to a record producer at the time, and he had just broken off an engagement. They fell hard for one another and married later that year.

Since then, they seem more like besotted teens than a long-married couple with three daughters. It's therefore no wonder that this 2007 song describes the intensity of love between two partners as a matter of mutual need:

Like a needle needs a vein
Like my Uncle Joe in Oklahoma needs the rain
I need you
Like a lighthouse on the coast
Like the Father and the Son need the Holy Ghost
I need you.

10. "If I Needed You" by Don Williams (featuring Emmylou Harris)

This country song from 1981 is ethereal in its description of two lovers who each need one other and lend mutual comfort. Each trades assurances that they'd go to great lengths to ease the pain of the other.

11. "A Woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do)" by Ray Parker, Jr.

The guy in this 1981 pop song warns that women need love just like men do, and if they don't get the affection they need, they'll find it outside of the relationship.

Don't kid yourself into thinking that you're the only one who can fool around, the narrator warns. If you're wondering where partners are most likely to find relationships outside of marriage, it's at work. About 60% of affairs begin in the workplace.

12. "Need To Be Next To You" by Sara Evans

In this 2008 country song, the protagonist acknowledges that after trying to deny feelings for her partner for so long, she now realizes how much she needs him. She gushes that she needs his smile each morning for the rest of her life.

13. "When I Need You" by Rod Stewart

Leo Sayer was the guy who originally released this soft rock song in 1977, it was Rod Stewart who sang it best with his 1996 version. The song displays raw emotional honesty and a narrator's longing for his lover from whom he is separated by distance.

More than anything, he years to be with her:

When I need you
I just close my eyes and I'm with you
And all that I so wanna give you
It's only a heartbeat away.

"A baby is born with a need to be loved - and never outgrows it." - Frank A. Clark, American politician
"A baby is born with a need to be loved - and never outgrows it." - Frank A. Clark, American politician | Source

14. "Need U Bad" by Jazmine Sullivan

The narrator makes one little relationship mistake and her lover wants to call it quits. She doesn't understand that. In this 2008 R&B song with raggae influences, the narrator has come to realize that she needs her partner in her life. Nevermind that cheating stuff. She didn't mean it.

16. "All The Man That I Need" by Whitney Houston

This 1990 R&B pop song became a worldwide hit for Whitney Houston, and you can't help but imagine that she was singing about Bobby Brown at that time. The two singers met in 1989 and became tragically involved in what later became a disastrous marriage fraught with allegations of drug abuse and violence.

This song, however, highlights the positive that the narrator sees in her man:

He fills me up
He gives me love
More love than I've ever seen
He's all I've got,
He's all I've got in this world.
But he's all the man that I need

15. "Something I Need" by OneRepublic

The guy in this upbeat 2013 pop song has an unusual way of expressing to his partner that he needs her. He tells her that if he only dies once, he wants to die with her. The song failed to chart in the United States but performed well in other countries.

17. "I Need You" by LeAnn Rimes

There is beautiful poetry in this country song from 1998 wherein a woman describes just how much she needs the man in her life:

I need you like water
Like breath, like rain
I need you like mercy
From heaven's gate
There's a freedom in your arms
That carries me through
I need you.

18. "Need You Tonight" by INXS

This 1987 pop song is full of raw energy and sensuality. The narrator issues an invitation to a woman he is attracted to for bodily companionship, telling her, "You're one of my kind." Don't try this at home.

Everyone needs a hug now and then.
Everyone needs a hug now and then. | Source

19. "All I Need" by Jack Wagner

Jack Wagner was a one-hit wonder with this 1984 love song, but give him some slack. It was a good one. The pop song describes a man who wasn't looking for love when he first kissed his sweetie, but unexpectedly he found it. Now he just requires some time to digest the predicament he finds himself in, as he claims that she is all he needs.

20. "I Need to Know" by Kris Allen

This 2009 pop song describes a man's feelings of being lost in both a relationship and in life. He needs to know where he stands in both, and he begs for clear direction. Kris Allen was the winner of the eighth season of American Idol, but we haven't heard much from him since 2012.

"Never ignore someone who loves you and cares about you. 'Cause one day you may realize you lost the moon while counting stars." - John O'Callaghan, Irish musician
"Never ignore someone who loves you and cares about you. 'Cause one day you may realize you lost the moon while counting stars." - John O'Callaghan, Irish musician | Source

Even More Songs About Needing Someone

Song
Artist
Year Released
21. Need Someone
Mary J. Blige
2011
22. You Needed Me
Anne Murray
1978
23. Love Is All You Need
The Beatles
1967
24. I Don't Need You
Kenny Rogers
1981
25. I Need You
America
1971
26. The Way That I Need You
Passenger (featuring The Once)
2013
27. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love
Solomon Burke
1964
28. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
Elvis Presley
1956
29. I Need My Girl
The National
2014
30. All I Need
The-Dream
2015
31. Slow Hand
The Pointer Sisters
1981
32. I Need My Girl
Blake Shelton
2014
33. Until You're Mine
Demi Lovato
2008
34. All I Need
Christina Aguilera
2010
35. Need You More
Darius Rucker
2015
36. Everybody Needs Love
Drive-By Truckers
2011
37. All I Need
Radiohead
2007
38. All I Need is You
Lecrae
2014
39. All I Ever Need Is You
Sonny & Cher
1971
40. Everybody Needs Love
Jennifer Hudson
2011
41. All I Need Is You
Teddy Pendergrass
1979
42. All I Want All I Need
Whitesnake
2008
43. I Need You Now
Agnes
2008
44. I Need You Tonight
ZZ Top
1983
45. You're All I Need
White Lion
1991
46. You Can't Hurry Love
Phil Collins
1982
47. Unchained Melody
Righteous Brothers
1965
48. You Really Got a Hold on Me
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
1962
49. Need Ur Love
Charli XCX
2014
50. Make Me Cry
Noah Cyrus (featuring Labyrinth)
2016
Know a song about needing someone that should be on this playlist? Leave us a suggestion in the Comments Section below!

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      FlourishAnyway 4 months ago from USA

      eLarry - It's important to take a break when needed. Hope you are well. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Larry Rankin 4 months ago from Oklahoma

      Been on vacation due to creative burnout. Playing catchup here. Another wonderful article:-)

      Saw the title and immediately thought of the Blues Brothers singing "I need you, you, you..."

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      FlourishAnyway 4 months ago from USA

      Rasma - Some people are a bundle full of needs! Thanks for stopping by. Have a lovely week.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      I admire how you put it all together. So much needing going on. Many favorite songs.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 months ago from USA

      Genna - Although I enjoyed the Leo Sayer version, Rod Stewart did a fantastic job. I love his voice so much. Plus, Leo Sayer reminds me so much of a young Richard Simmons. It's just me, I guess. I almost expect him to to start doing some sweatin' to the oldies exercises to this tune. Thanks for commenting.

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      Genna East 4 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Wow...this is wonderful! I can't pick a favorite, Flourish, although I'm leaning with the Rod Stewart rendition. Thank you for sharing the music.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 months ago from USA

      Nithya - Thank you for your kind support. I'm glad you enjoyed this.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 months ago from Dubai

      There is someone for everyone, so true. Another great custom playlist, a great selection of songs.

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      FlourishAnyway 5 months ago from USA

      Jo - That's an excellent suggestion! I've added it at #47. Thanks so much! Hope you are doing super.

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      jo miller 5 months ago from Tennessee

      I immediately thought of "Unchained Melody" by the Righteous Bros. No song has ever captured neediness more for me.

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      FlourishAnyway 5 months ago from USA

      Frances - I hope you are always as happy as you are now. Thanks for reading. Have a great weekend.

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      Linda Crampton 5 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I always like the way in which you mix facts about music with related facts in your playlist articles. Thanks for another enjoyable and informative article, Flourish.

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      Frances Metcalfe 5 months ago

      I do love your hubs Flourish! I'm one of the lucky ones, have a wonderful partner and still having fun and silliness (essential to keep it fresh and alive) after 12 years.

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      FlourishAnyway 5 months ago from USA

      MsDora - Thank you! Have a wonderful weekend!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 5 months ago from The Caribbean

      Never underestimate the need for love. Thanks for also including the facts on our essential needs and the consequences of not having those needs met. Good information!

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      FlourishAnyway 5 months ago from USA

      Devika - Glad to hear from you. You're right about people needing one another. Hope you are well.

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      Devika Primić 5 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I like the list of songs and most people can feel close to one another. Songs make one feel sad and happy but a good pass time for me.

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      FlourishAnyway 5 months ago from USA

      Catherine - I agree! You can sustain a person only so much on food and water, but we all need love. Thank you for reading!

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      Catherine Giordano 5 months ago from Orlando Florida

      It was such a great idea to compare the need for love to the need to water, food etc. Another great playlist.

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      FlourishAnyway 5 months ago from USA

      Heidi - Yes, those survival stats emphasize the need for first aid, CPR, AED training but also for hugs and positive interaction. Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful rest of your week.

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      FlourishAnyway 5 months ago from USA

      Kyriaki - I hope you are doing well. Thank you for stopping by and for your kind words of support. Glad you liked the playlist!

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      Catherine Giordano 5 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Love is a need almost as much as food, water, etc. It was very appropriate that you put the other basic needs into the mix.

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      Heidi Thorne 5 months ago from Chicago Area

      That song by America came into my head as soon as I saw the title of your playlist. But what I really thought was amazing was the stats in the list of things like oxygen. Wow!

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      Kyriaki Chatzi 5 months ago

      Hey, Flourish! That's a truly impressive and touching playlist for those melancholic evenings when a S.O. is wandering our minds but not the hallways.

      Thank you so much for sharing!

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      FlourishAnyway 5 months ago from USA

      Terrie Lynn - I'm so glad you enjoyed this. Don't skip the sleep! Thanks for reading.

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      FlourishAnyway 5 months ago from USA

      Linda - That's such a beautiful description of a long marriage to someone you treasure. I understand the feeling. Thank you so much for sharing a bit of your life with us. May you both have many more happy years together.

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      Linda Lum 5 months ago from Washington State, USA

      The moment I read this title and intro, your #3 song popped into my mind. I love this article!

      My husband and I will be celebrating our 36th anniversary in just a few months. Both of us are retired, and so that means a LOT of time spent together under the same roof. Fun thing though is that we don't actually do a lot together. We go for a walk every day, and have dinner together in the evening, but other than that we both have our "things" that we work on.

      Nevertheless, there is comfort for me in knowing that he is there. When he is away from the house, even just on a simple errand, I feel a little emptiness that doesn't erase until I hear the crunch of the gravel as his truck pulls back into the driveway.

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      Terrie Lynn 5 months ago from Canada

      You did it again. Great songs and memories. We all need somebody to love. I love it. Now I need some sleep, my brain will be playing some of these songs, lol. Oh well,who needs sleep anyway.

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      FlourishAnyway 5 months ago from USA

      Bill - Codger or not, it's good you enjoy music. Music keeps us young. It keeps us moving. Have a great day!

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm dating myself...The Beatles "If I Needed Someone" first came to mind....but then I thought of Lady Antebellum, so not bad for an old codger. :)